News Segment


January 18, 2004

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Rock bassist Tommy Stinson’s debut solo album will see the light of day later this year via Sanctuary Records, according to a note from the artist posted this week on his official Web site.

“It will come out worldwide as well as your neighborhood some time in the near future,” Stinson writes. “Aiming for summer/early fall, but many questions need be answered before I’ll know for sure.”

A Sanctuary spokesperson confirmed that the label has been discussing a deal with Stinson, but could not comment on his revelation.

As the founding Replacements member and current Guns N’Roses bassist told last summer, he recorded the material for the set in a Los Angeles studio owned by Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black) with contributions from A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, his brother Jason Freese on saxophone, Catholics guitarist Dave Philips, and GNR guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed.

Stinson’s site features downloadable work-in-progress clips of three songs (“Without a View,” “Something’s Wrong” and “Hey You”), as well as a cover of the Clash’s “Hateful” with the Figgs.

“I may update the song bites to give you an idea of what’s to come, but need to make sure this is cool with my new record company first,” Stinson writes. “They are an awesome bunch of peeps, but I would hate to do something to piss them off so early in the process.”

Stinson toured in August and September with the Figgs, and is scheduled to be on the road for at least one show with Guns N’ Roses in 2004. As previously reported, the band will perform at Portugal’s Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival as a main-stage headliner on May 30.

In other news, an unreleased record Stinson made with one of his post-Replacement bands, Perfect, is being remixed and will be released by Rykodisc in April. An exact date has not been set.

Barry A. Jeckell courtesy of Billboard